Dana Spiotta teaches in the Syracuse University MFA program and is the author of three novels. She was a Guggenheim fellow in 2008 and won the 2008-9 Rome Prize. Her second novel, Eat the Document, was published in 2006 by Scribner. It was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award and a recipient of the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Stone Arabia is Spiotta’s most recent novel. Stone Arabia was a National Book Critics Award Finalist and a New York Times Notable Book of 2011. It was named a best book of 2011 by The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, and Salon.